ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION
Tom and Kaye
NO. 4 (FALL-2011)
The 19th Annual
2011 ALBERG 37 FALL RENDEZVOUS
Was Held Saturday/Sunday,
19th Annual Alberg 37 Fall Rendezvous was held at the Assenmacher home near
Also arriving (drive-ins) were Henk and Wendy DeVries of Cobourg, Ontario (PAWBEE); Wayne and Sherrill Bower of Bowie, MD (TEELOK); Lou and Jean Wayne of Rochester, NY (PIKA); Joran and Lin Gendell of Williamsburg, VA (ELIXIR); Ron and Cindy Strahm of Independence, MO (ENVY); and Wayne and Cindy Milroy of Oshawa, Ontario (LEEWAY II); Kip and Linda Newbould of Coles Point, VA (MISCHIEF); and Wil Hewett of Charleston, SC (FLORENCE GRAY).
attending the Rendezvous were friends/neighbors/A-37 Wannabees: Becky
and Jerry Knop of
Those arriving on Friday enjoyed a pot luck dinner on Friday evening along with a lot of 'sea stories', renewed acquaintances and a good time was had by all! Saturday dawned with drizzle/rain and cool weather, which persisted the entire weekend, eliminating congregating on the dock! Saturday's events included 'crab picking' where a bushel of steamed local Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs were consumed (in the garage due to the rain). Later on Saturday, a hot dog and hamburger BBQ was held, along with Becky's (Knop) famous Crab Soup!
Sunday's weather was a repeat of Saturday's, and most folks left by mid-day on Sunday. A great time was had by all in spite of the weather!!
Hurricane IRENE And Its Effect On Cruisers
By Tom and Kaye
So far, this has been quite an active hurricane
season here on the East Coast of the
Welcome aboard to Ricky
and Sophia Pantaleo of
Welcome aboard to Louise Becker of Darwin, Australia, the owner of the 1976 MK-II Yawl (#164) BOUSSOLE, which is berthed in Darwin.
Welcome aboard to Greg
and Dara Darlington of Snohomish, WA, the owners of the 1967 MK-I Sloop (# 15)
TIMESPINNER (formerly owned by Mike
Carlson). TIMESPINNER is berthed in
Potential Fire Hazard
Submitted by John Rilett
MOLLIKET - Alberg 37 MK-II Sloop (
I want to alert Alberg owners about a potential fire hazard. All the AC wiring on my Alberg 37 was non marine wire and was showing its age. My ground fault interrupter kept popping off when I tried to use the several of the AC outlets. So I decided it was time to replace all old wire with marine grade wire. When I was removing the wire from the shore power inlet I noticed a bare wire. This was not apparent on casual inspection because the cable had electrical tape wrapped around it. The tape was old and friable and easily fell apart exposing the bare wire. My first thought this was the ground, but I quickly dismissed that idea. It was apparent that the insulation had burned off the black or positive wire and melted some of the inlet receptacle and scorched the bulkhead. The shore power was still working so I'm unsure how long the problem had existed. If you haven't inspected your shore power connection, it might be a good idea to do so.
Back Side of Shore Power Receptacle
(Ed. Note: This article has been ‘archived’ in the SAFETY FIRST section of the Alberg 37 website.)
slowly getting ready for a trip south -
long held dream of her owner. If things work out they hope to get
THEN - We
also recently (
“Hi Tom, We are trying
to head south but not having good luck with the Weather. We almost made
it to Port Huron when we learned the Erie Canal was closed because of damage
caused by Hurricane Irene and was not expected to open again this year.
Therefore, we decided to head south via
John and Fleur aboard MOLLIKETT”
of Sue Hyett of Ellingham, Chathill, Northumberland
Sue kindly shared the shop manual, (PDF format) with us. This manual has been archived in the Project Database section of the Alberg 37 Web Site and can be viewed or downloaded in its entirety.
News From Members
the owner of SOUTHERN CROSS (1977
MK-II Cutter-rig), reported in late August that they had survived Hurricane
Irene quite well in
Back in July, we received the following in
an email from Robin Phillips, of
Gillies Bay, BC, who owns the 1967 MK-I Sloop (Hull #1) KATYDID
(ex-COYOTE ANGEL): ‘Just a short
note to update the website on my current location. The boat, KATYDID, is in Bahia del Sol in
One day I promise, I will get to that long story of rebuilding her and sailing her south. Right now I seem to be caught up in life. Which I think is where one should be.
“I attended the annual Alberg Rendezvous June 18th in lovely
West Coast Alberg Rendezvous
I had no idea until recently such an active Alberg group existed
here in the
I have attached a few photos of the rendezvous. There is a shot of BRANDELARA II looking very fine.
BRANDELARA II Again
A-37 GINGER TEA is just as nice, but I didn't get a photo of her. There is a photo of yours truly and GINGER TEA owner Jelle Duyf with our guitars in hand. We were the dock entertainment that evening, and we performed to a very kind, lively, and appreciative audience.
Mike Is The Guitarist On The Left With ‘No Beard’ – Jelle Is The Guitarist On The Right Of The Photo.
I can also tell you there are some fine chefs in the Alberg group.
The potluck was outstanding! I hope to get up there again next year
with my wife, who was unable to make it this year. I urge all west coast
Alberg design owners of both
Aboard JOINT VENTURE
Off The Coast of
By Ken and Anita Tillotson
1975 MK-II Yawl, #147
Part 1- Los Roques
We left for Los Roques,
Part 2 - Los Roques - Forestay
are planning on leaving Los Roques to head in an easterly direction towards
Margarita. And since the prevailing
wind, and the prevailing current will both be against us it is all the more
important to consider the weather /wind/wave conditions. We expected a good weather window for Monday
July 25th. And so we motored southward from El Gran Roque, still within the
confines of Los Roques, between the inner and outer reef systems, returning to
the southern most anchorage which we enjoyed shortly after entering some 10
days prior. We anchored there on Sunday
afternoon anticipating our departure for the following morning. Early Monday morning, we lifted the dinghy
out of the water using the main halyard, and scraped the bottom of it to dislodge
the slime. The dinghy was deflated and
tied down on the foredeck. As we were
doing this, another sailboat was approaching the anchorage. It appeared to be an American boat that we'd
met weeks earlier in Puerto la Cruz.
Looking through the binoculars, as it approached, I could clearly see a
French flag flying. As the boat neared,
the name became clearly visible, and we exchanged mutual waves of acknowledgement.
By the time they were finished anchoring or even before, the French flag was
gone. The three other boats in the
anchorage were in fact French - evidently the American boat deemed it to be
safer to fly a French flag enroute without other boats as companions. In fact, this is the ONLY American boat that
we've seen this year, in our travels. The vast majority are French. When we first came to
Shortly after we pulled anchor and proceeded to the exit point to the open ocean just over a mile south. The wind was a moderate 15 knots from the ESE, but there were steep waves to pass through as we went, making only 2 knots under power in 20 feet of water. Anita wasn't too impressed at this point. As soon as I could, I pulled a small amount of jib out via the roller furler. This helped immensely and doubled our speed. Within a matter of minutes, a loud bang echoed. Shortly after that the wind generator blades were hitting the backstay, and the forestay looked looser than normal. I tightened the backstay as it appeared very loose as well. This seemed to help for a while. And then another loud bang echoed. The forestay and jib were sagged even more, and then one of the wind generator blades snapped off after impact with the backstay. The jib was furled and it became clearly evident that the forestay was broken somewhere higher up as there was no apparent problem at deck level. The whole forestay was thrashing around held up only by the halyard holding the sail. We had only gone about 2.5 miles, but I had to turn back, hardening both sheets to minimize the thrashing. We had to return to the anchorage from which we'd just left. I was hoping that a fitting at the top of the mast had broken and that I'd be able to fix that with another. But somehow I thought that it would not be that easy. We motored back in and anchored. I had to go up the mast, and I needed my top climber. The top climber allows me to pull myself up a 5/8 line to wherever the line leads. So I set the top climber up for my ascent, and we emptied a cockpit locker to find the extra forestay that I feared we would need. I brought the extra forestay forward of the spreaders and told Anita that I would be dropping a line down to her from the top of the mast if I needed her to attach the forestay for me, so that I could haul it up. And so armed with tools, fittings, cotter pins, lines and a bottle of water, I climbed up. I had waited until later in the day, because of the heat of the day, and the fact that there should be fewer power boats come by to throw a wake that would make me hold on for dear life. Near the top I could plainly see that the forestay had broken right at the swage. There was no possibility of repair. The goal was clear. I had to undo the cotter pin holding the remnants of the old forestay, take the pin out, without dropping it. Because I couldn't quite reach, I had to lash a line from the top of the mast with a loop for my foot to go in, to get an extra 15 inches closer to the top. Once there, I could reach (although precariously) the fitting, and with needle nose pliers, alternating between hands and holding on to the mast with the other, I managed to get the old cotter pin out, and subsequently the pin. I then lowered a line with an anchor shackle attached (for weight) to Anita waiting below to attach the extra forestay. I hauled the forestay up and lashed it to the furled sail so that I couldn't inadvertently drop it. At this point Anita indicated that a power boat was coming. We were anchored furthest back in the anchorage, and thankfully the power boat must have seen me, because he slowed down to a crawl. Any wake he gave was absolutely minimal. I managed to get the new forestay attached and cotter pin installed, exclaiming “I got it ". And then my hat blew off my head and landed in the water never to be seen again. I made my descent, but when I got to the spreaders I installed the line for a new flag halyard that had broken previously. Once back on deck, I began to contemplate how I would bring the old rig down without incurring further damage. Stay tuned....
Part 3 - Los Roques - Roller Furl Down
it was, 15 to 20 knots at anchor does not compel one to unfurl a large
genoa(jib) with only the halyard holding the whole rig aloft. And so it was essential to lower the rig via
the halyard. But first, the furler/lower
halyard connection to the deck had to be disconnected to allow the furler drum
to go forward as the halyard was lowered. Otherwise, the six foot sections of
aluminum running the full length of the halyard would be in danger of bending
or otherwise causing damage. The drum
and furled sail were progressively maneuvered forward over the pulpit as the
halyard was slowly eased, necessitating that the drum enter the water. In this
manner we managed to lower the rig, with only the top 6 ft aluminum section
folding at the joint to the next section. Ultimately we had the furled sail at
deck level running lengthwise and lashed to the lifeline with the drum
extending forward from the pulpit about 4 ft.
We still couldn't unfurl the sail at this point. And it wouldn't be a good idea to try another
exit from here. So, we headed north the 10 or so miles back to El Gran Roque,
where I hoped we could get the rig ashore to dismantle it and fold up the
sail. The sail would be no good to us at
this point, since it does not have hanks with which to attach it to the new
forestay, and since it was way too large
to use without the ability to furl. We
anchored near the Guardacosta(Coastguard) station and I dinghied in to explain
our plight and that I needed the assistance of a larger vessel than our dinghy
to bring the furled rig ashore. The Capitan
explained that his Vessel was under repair and that we'd have to seek the
services of a local. The Capitan offered
the use of the large concrete pad, where we could unfurl and fold the sail etc.
I dinghied over to the nearest local, explaining my plight (all in Spanish of
course) and within 15 seconds he followed me to Joint Venture. We promptly unlashed the rig, and it was
aboard his 25 ft Pirogue in less than 2 minutes. Minutes later we had the
furled sail on site at the concrete pad offered by the Capitan. Minutes after that, the local on the Pirogue
had me back to the boat where Anita was waiting, and we dinghied into shore to
perform the tasks necessary. I gave the
friendly Pirogue driver a 50 Bolivar note (6 dollars equivalent) with which he
was pleased. He offered to come to pick
us up, but of course after dismantling the
rig and compacting it all, we wouldn't need that help. No necessito !
Muchas gracias. It took about an hour and a half to compact the rig and fold
the sail so we could transport it all in the dinghy back to the boat. In the
meantime, our American friends had shown up, anchoring just behind us. They had cleared out of
Part 4 - Los Roques - Exhaust Elbow
latest attempt to depart Los Roques has been thwarted in a big way. One of the several large waves that we encountered
in the first minutes north out of the
lee of El Gran Roque inflicted major damage to the exhaust elbow exiting the engine. While I was at the helm, Anita indicated that
a high pitched alarm was sounding...it was the bilge pump alarm ..I immediately
went below to check the bilge and to my horror found the water just 3 inches below the floorboards. I had
just recently installed a new bilge pump and had switched it on immediately.
The engine had been shut down minutes earlier when I thought it was overheating
from the smell and smoke that were billowing from the broken exhaust elbow
along with the associated sea water. I had not yet diagnosed the problem. While the bilge was being rapidly emptied by
my new 2000 gph bilge pump, I was running around looking for a reason for such
a rapid intake of water. I checked the head (toilet) first and then other thru
hulls. No problem and the bilge was purged. I now knew the exhaust system was
compromised in a big way. We sailed
downwind toward the small island group of Noronqui where we spent several days
anchored about a week prior. I also
happened to mention the anchor location of Noronqui del Medio as a good one for
privacy and comfort to the Americans (Larry and Deb). And so as we came into
the lee of Noronqui from the north, we could see a boat anchored just where we
were planning to. We had to make 4 or 5
tacks to get ourselves to the point where we'd drop the hook. Sure enough, it
was the American boat that had departed about 2 hours before us. But they were
nowhere to be seen. And no response on the radio. It was only about . Oh well. I was most interested in looking closer at
the exhaust problem. I quickly found the exhaust sagging but had to wait a
little for things to cool down. First, I
had to remove the wrapping of insulation covering the exhaust piping that
eventually connects with the exhaust hose. Now I could clearly see that the
pipe exiting the engine had broken in a jagged fashion right in half. I knew
right away that I could not make a good enough repair to be permanent. In any case, the exhaust piping had to be
unbolted from the engine at one end and from the intermediary piece that
connects to the exhaust hose at the other end. It was very awkward and took
nearly two hours not including swearing and grimacing. To get a decent repair done I would have to
make it to the mainland
Early the next morning, we would try to
depart Los Roques if my repair worked. I
started the engine and had exhaust water coming out from the exhaust where it
should and everything appeared to be functioning as it should. So we pulled the
anchor and set off under power. Once we were out of the lee of Noronqui and had
wind and no obstructions, I stopped the engine not knowing how long my repair
would last. We had an east wind of about 10 knots. We were able to sail a
course of 040 magnetic making about 3.5 knots.
After a few hours we had only averaged a course made good of due north.
The westerly current of about 1.5 knots, played havoc with our intentions,
especially with so little wind and only a #3 jib. I decided to try the engine
again, but after about half an hour it was clear that my repair had failed. So
the engine was stopped and we tacked. In short order it became apparent that
under these conditions we weren't going to get very far. We weren't making much
easterly headway, and so we tacked back heading north again. We needed a favorable wind shift before we
could hope to avoid the reefs of Los Roques to the south. We headed north for 6 more hours before
getting knocked down, which meant time to tack.
Now we could make some easterly progress which was somewhat heartening,
because it looked for a while like we might have to change our destination
I reassembled the exhaust. It works, doesn’t leak, and is still. A few days later we motor sailed the 88 miles ESE back to Puerto la Cruz. It's another 70 miles ENE to Porlamar, but time to take a rest.
(Ed. Note: The following excerpts were sent via email by Ken and Anita in August, 2011 – their adventures continue!)
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Current offerings include:
FOR SALE - TAMAR - 1969 Alberg 37 MK-I
Sloop, Hull ID Number 376954 (Hull #54)-
All replaced electrical with marine wiring throughout, Ample Power smart
charging and house/starter battery crossover, Blue Seas Systems panels fuses
and breakers, 380 amp gel cell house batteries, all ten stainless opening
ports, all replaced bronze thru-hulls and valves, Beta Marine 28hp diesel with
only 12 hours running time, bronze shaft log with dripless seal, 4 bladed
14" VariProp, new propane locker and new Force 10 stove, LOTS of custom
interior work. Click Here
for more photos. Excellent survey from last summer, Boat is located in
Contact-Email svtamarATgmail.com (remove AT before sending) for pictures and info.
Contact Lou Wayne - email: l.wayneATfrontiernet.net (remove AT before sending).
(Click On Thumbnails For Larger Photo)
Asking $50,000 US.
Contact: Charles Deakyne.
Contact James at (360) 765-3222
FOR SALE - SOLA GRATIA, Alberg 37 Mk II Sloop #107
Clean and well kept A37. Ready for cruising! Solar panel, manual windlass, Aries windvane self-steering, 250' chain anchor rode, furling genoa, main with 3 reef points, lazy jacks, upgraded self-tailing winches, 1000 watt inverter, propane stove and BBQ, new anti-fouling, and more. Deck recently professionally repaired and refinished.
On the hard in
Contact Dan Lord at: 978 462 1112
Main features: Awlgrip deck, mast & topsides; complete re-wire & re-plumb; recently replaced electronics, including Raymarine chartplotter, wind/speed/depth, radar, & under-deck Raymarine auto pilot. Inverter and microwave. Integrated Ipod stereo, refrigerator and hot water heater. Engine re-power with Westerbeke 44B in 2003. Rope halyards that lead to cockpit; modern ports; sails & canvas in great shape; rigged for spinnaker. 12” Flat screen installed in v-berth; custom Fairclough winter cover; and many, many other smaller items.
The work was completed over
5-7 years, and was done professionally. Extensive records and documentation
kept. Boat is located in
Click Here for Photos Contact Reid Tomlin Phone - Cell: 973-332-5701
Email: rtATwasmerschroeder.com (replace AT with @)
ALBERG 37's WANTED
I am looking for an A37 project boat. The motor and cosmetics are not critical but it must be structurally sound (bulkheads, hull, deck). Located on the east cost near NC is a plus. I can be reached through email at Curtis Vance(at)bellsouth.net
(Check out the Gear For Sale/Wanted section of the website for latest listings)
Alberg 37 Main Mast, Sails and Rigging For
All in good working condition (apart from 1 wonky halyard sheave (fore port) that should be replaced sooner or later).
Reason for sale: converting to experimental rig using free-standing masts.
Shipping to be arranged. Grab yourself a bargain! :-)
Contact: Simon Foster
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Alberg 37 Custom Cover for sale . The cover was made by Fairclough Sailmakers, and is listed at $1,500USD. It has been used 4 seasons and recently has been serviced for extra reinforcement and stitching (cover is currently at Fairclough's facility in New Haven, CT) .Cover retails new for $4-5,000. I have recently moved to FL and have no further need for a winter cover. Contact Reid Tomlin at: (239) 263-6877 . Check the Gear For Sale page on the A-37 Website for a photo of the cover.
For sale - Zodiac, 4 man offshore valise liferaft. Never deployed, purchased new in 2000. Always stored inside and is in great condition. Buyer responsible for shipping and repackaging, however if it cannot be repackaged for any reason send back and we will refund the purchase price (shipping not included). Asking $800 USD. Contact Bill and Debbie Horne: serenade2ATsbcglobal.net (replace AT with @).
Al Peckenpaugh is looking for a 13" x 14" LH (Left Hand) prop (7/8" shaft) for his 1967 MK-I Sloop GYPSY LADY. He has the Volvo MD-2 engine in his boat. If anyone has this prop, please contact Al.
alpeckenpaughAThotmail.com (replace AT with @ before sending)
looking for a spray dodger for "KUMA" my 1971 MK-II A37
Yawl, any colour will do, or even just the frame. ALSO, I am looking for an Alberg 37
Tiller with fittings to use as an emergency tiller.
Peter D McIntosh
RYA/DOT Yachtmaster (Ocean)
captpetermacATfastmail.fm (remove AT and substitute @ before emailing)
Wanted as spare - Datamarine S-200 DL LCD Digital Depth Sounder Instrument.
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Have a great
Alberg 37 FALL – We’ll try to publish a WINTER Newsletter while in the
AND KEEP IN TOUCH!
Tom and Kaye Assenmacher in Kinsale, VA